Evil never sleeps. You know it. That’s why Rich Hope and his Evil Doers are capping off another year of our Lord with a brand new, blue vinyl, Wurlitzer-ready slab of 7” vinyl for your listening and love-making pleasure sensations.
“I See Trouble”/”Babylon Woman” is a howl of discontent from the front lines of Peak Civilization and a timely word of advice on the topic of where to hide your guns. Hope and drummer Adrian Mack recorded the thing in one balls-out morning session right in front of producer Howard Redekopp’s sound board, fast and efficient, as is their custom. Consider it a gift to the fans, who kept Evil afloat in 2010 through a handful of western Canadian tours and a year of barnstorming hometown gigs – including, on February 20, the busiest night in the history of Vancouver’s fabled Railway Club.
After releasing the album Rich Hope… Is Gonna Whip It On Ya at the tail end of 2009, Hope and his Evil Doers found themselves on the year end Top Ten lists of such esteemed organs as the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Province. The Georgia Straight also went out of its way to name “Let’s Jump Around” as one of the best homegrown songs of the year, while Hope’s rare venture into gospel-time religiosity “When My Light Comes Shining” received regular rotation on FM stations and landed in the #32 spot of SHORE FM’s Top 100 of ’09.
Meanwhile, the Evil Doers continued their role as party-starters for the likes of James (Super Chikan) Johnson and His Fighting Cocks, while Hope found himself in the unlikely role of Ambassador when the Evil Olympics rolled through Vancouver and “Shake This Joint Around” – from Hope’s self-titled 2005 album – was chosen as the BC Pavilion’s theme song. Being that they’re gentlemen, the Evil Doers naturally turned around and kicked the Olympics right in the corporate assets with unforgettable sets in Vancouver and Whistler.
Hope also found himself accompanying Bad Religion on the main stage at Live at Squamish, after the SoCal punk legends caught a tempest of Evil Doings earlier in the day. When Hope got home, there was a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Best Blues Album sitting there waiting for him. Hard to believe that all this can happen and the man still sees trouble. Will he ever rest??
“I See Trouble”/”Babylon Woman” is released by Sandbag Records on November 20, 2010.